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Eating Jewish: Shabbat bread done differently

When I think of Shabbat dinner, one of the first things that comes to mind is the sweet, dense challah that I love so much. It has become so popular that it can be purchased in bakeries all week long, and like many of the iconic Jewish foods of North America (bagels, knishes, pastrami, and smoked meat, to name a few) it was introduced by members of the European Jewish community.

Tillie Lewis: More than just about tomatoes

One of the ingredients that is a staple in my kitchen cupboard is canned tomatoes. I will almost always have a can or two around in case I decide I want to make a quick tomato sauce or a pizza, and I especially rely on them throughout the majority of the year when local tomatoes are unavailable. Yet I recently realized that throughout the process of buying, using and consuming these tomatoes, I never stopped to think about their history and how they came to be the product we know today.

Eating Jewish: Sutlach (Aromatic Milk Pudding)

It was a busy weekend here for me in Montreal.

In defense of Jewish food

It was just over a week ago that my advisor told me about Josh Ozserky’s article entitled "The Kugel Conundrum" in which Ozserky bluntly declares, “Jewish food is awful.” My first reaction was one of incredulity and I wondered whether a convincing argument could be made against Jewish food.

Eating Jewish: Schnitzel

When you ask people to think of Israeli food, more often than not, images of crispy brown falafel will dance before their eyes. Yet, when speaking of quintessential Israeli dishes, falafel does not stand alone. Another dish that is central to the culinary landscape of Israel is schnitzel.

Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

Matzah Toffee Bark

So you've spent a week eating matzah with anything you can think of (I have personally eaten it so far with various nut butters, tuna salad, charoset, and jam).

Eating Jewish: Scacchi (Italian Matzah Pie)

When Passover rolls around, many people bemoan having to eat matzah with only a minority of people actually professing to liking it.

June Salander, 1908 - 2010

In 1920, June emigrated with her family from a small town in Poland, and settled in Harlem, New York, where there was a sizable Jewish community. Daily after school, June rode the subway to the Lower East Side to attend Hebrew School. At 16, she enrolled in a secretarial course and—to help with the family’s finances in the wake of her parents’ divorce—went to work each afternoon at Woolworth’s.

Eating Jewish: A new twist on Gefilte Fish: Halibut and Salmon Terrine

Gefilte fish, these two words make a lot of people turn their noses up in disgust while it can make others salivate.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Food." (Viewed on November 13, 2018) <https://jwa.org/topics/food>.

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